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On Monday, Nov. 10 I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at Isaac Brock School. The connection our present has to the past is something we must cherish. Remembrance Day is woven into the fabric of Canada and as someone who is strongly connected to Remembrance Day; I was moved by the beautiful ceremony.
The students shone in their roles at the ceremony. They handed out programs and ensured each guest had a poppy. A projector showed photos of veterans, military members saluting the Canadian flag, and black-and-white images from wartime in the trenches.
"Lest we forget" artwork created by Grade 8 students lined the walls of the gymnasium and handmade wreaths created using craft supplies were laid on a large white cross by students.
The flags of Canada and Manitoba were carried by a colour guard consisting of school patrol members, Navy League members,and a Scout. A student from the colour guard gave a heartfelt speech about Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and warrant officer Patrice Vincent. He spoke of their loyal duty, extraordinary service, and their personal courage.
I was very impressed by all of the young people taking part in the ceremony, including the breathtaking music by the choir and band, the nursery and kindergarten performance as well as the emcees for the gathering.
John Demanoy, student council president and vice-president Maria Aragon emceed the ceremony and spoke to me on ways youth can stay engaged for Remembrance Day.
"Traditions like wearing a poppy can make a huge difference in keeping young people interested," Demanoy said. "The one minute of silence is very important. It is a time to reflect and give thanks."
Aragon has talked with her young niece and nephew about Remembrance Day.
"It is important that we educate people in our lives and continue to attend ceremonies," she said.
Both Demanoy and Aragon also commented that watching movies related to military history is another way to keep youth engaged. They recently watched Flags of Our Fathers, starring Winnipeg actor Adam Beach
Our neighbourhood has a connection to the Canadian military with Valour Road and Minto Armouries being a short distance from the school and it appeared the effort put into the ceremony came naturally.
The students at Isaac Brock were role models for other young people as they honoured the importance of Remembrance Day.
Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for the West End. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
West End community correspondent
Christina Hiebert was a community correspondent for the West End.